The territorial conflict in Catalonia returns to the forefront of today, coinciding with the regional elections on the 14th. This Tuesday, PSOE and United We Can announced that they will support a motion presented by ERC on Thursday in Congress asking the reactivation of the dialogue and negotiation table with the Generalitat, which was launched last February and was paralyzed by the outbreak of the pandemic.
With the elections approaching, the Catalan parties have once again sharpened their discourse against the State and the parties that support the Government, and this Tuesday ERC once again insisted that this table should be used to talk about “everything.” That all, for Republicans, supposes bring the claim of the right to self-determination to the conversations, despite the fact that the Executive has made it clear that it does not contemplate giving in on such a fundamental point despite the demands of the Generalitat.
However, both PSOE and United We Can announced that they will support this motion when it is put to the vote next Thursday in Congress. At a press conference in Congress, the PSOE spokesperson, Adriana Lastra, justified her support by ensuring that the text presented by ERC does not change “in anything” of the investiture agreement of Pedro Sánchez, which means that socialists still do not support self-determination.
For his part, the president of the United We Can parliamentary group and En Comú Podem spokesman, Jaume Asens, assured that the Government it must not “deviate one millimeter from its dialogue roadmap”. “Any solution to the conflict necessarily involves building broad consensus in Catalonia” and “going to the polls sooner or later and de-judicializing the conflict,” said Asens, who insisted that the forum for this is precisely that negotiating table that will meet after the elections.
On the contrary, the one who will not support this motion will be JxCat, as announced by its spokesperson – and electoral candidate – Laura Borràs, who disputes with ERC the hegemony of independence. “The table was established a year ago with a monthly meeting calendar”, but the Government has given ERC a “pig for a hare”, Borràs assured, who crossed out the rabbit organ taken out of the “hat” by the Government to get the investiture. Despite everything, the training will refrain.
“It was a marketing operation that has only served to waste time,” denounced the JxCat spokeswoman, who assured that the government “has run out of credit.” “There are no longer any ads for tables that we created,” snapped Borràs, who denounced that “the table was not interrupted by the pandemic, because it never went beyond a photo”. The leader, in fact, threatened to burst the table if he came to govern. “If I am president [el Gobierno] he will have to negotiate with me and the dialogue will not go through photos, and if he does not want to negotiate we have a plan A, obedience to the October 1 mandate, “he launched.